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In a historic moment for English cricket, Joe Root has etched his name in the record books by surpassing the legendary Graham Gooch to become England's leading run-scorer in the history of the ICC Cricket World Cup.
The milestone was achieved during England's recent World Cup clash against Bangladesh at Dharamshala, where Root scored his second successive half-century of the tournament, helping England put up a record total of 364/9 in 50 overs. In a spectacular show of technique and flamboyance, the Royals batter accumulated 82 runs in just 68 balls, comprising eight fours and a perfectly well-executed ramp shot that went all the way for a six!
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Over a span of 19 matches and 18 innings in the World Cup, Root has amassed a total of 917 runs at an impressive average of 57.31. His remarkable record includes three centuries and five half-centuries, with a personal best score of 121.
The pivotal moment occurred in this match as Root surpassed the iconic Graham Gooch, who held the previous record with 897 runs in 21 matches.
The former England captain recently made his IPL debut in the 2023 season, where he plied his trade for Rajasthan Royals. A standout highlight in Root's illustrious World Cup career was during the 2019 edition, where he played a crucial role in England lifting the coveted trophy for the first time, and finished as the tournament's top scorer with an impressive tally of 556 runs in 11 matches.
Thanks to Root's fiery knock coupled with a swashbuckling century from Dawid Malan and a commanding display from the bowling unit, England registered their first win of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, beating Bangladesh by 137 runs.